Suta Goswami explained the auspicious glories of Sri Ekadasi and one who keep fasts on the Ekadasi days goes directly to the abode of Lord Vishnu after enjoying many different kinds of happiness in this material world.
Lord Krishna once explained Arjuna, the son of Prithaa about how to keep fasts and follow rules on Ekadashi. He explained that Ekadashi is obsorved during the dark fortnight of the month of Margasirsha (Nov-Dec). He also said that one should follow Ekadashi by observing a fast. On the day before Ekadashi
“‘The devotee should chant this prayer containing the names of Mother Earth: “O Asvakrante! O Rathakrante! O Vishnukrante! O Vasundhare! O Mrttike! O God Please forgive me for all the sins i have gathered all through my life so that i can move to the abode of Lord Vishnu.” As the devotee chants, he should smear mud over his body.
During fasting the devotee should not speak to dog-eaters, to thieves, to those who are fallen from their religious duties, or to hypocrites. He should also avoid speaking with slanderers; with those who abuse the demigods, the Vedic literatures, or brahmanas; or with any other wicked personalities, such as those who have sex with forbidden women, those who are known plunderers, or those who rob temples. If any such person is spoken to or even seen during Ekadasi, one must purify oneself by looking directly at the sun.
The Devotee should worship Lord Krishna with food and flowers. He should lit-up lamp in his house should also avoid sleeping in the day and should completely abstain from sex. He should fast on all food and water should sing songs of glories of lord and play musical instruments tp please lord all through the night.
Fasting from all food and water, he should joyfully sing the Lord’s glories and play musical instruments for His pleasure throughout the night. After that the worshipper should give charity to brahmanas and offer his humble obeisances unto them, begging their forgiveness for his offences.
On Dvadasi he must avoid eating in another’s home, eating more than once, eating honey, eating urad-dal, and rubbing oil on one’s body. To speak to an outcaste on that day, he must purify himself by eating a Tulasi leaf or an amalaki fruit.
It is believed that one who day and night hears topics concerning to glories of the Lord from another devotee will move to the Lord’s planet and reside there for ten million kalpas. And by hearing only one sentence about the glories of Ekadasi one can free himself from the reactions to such sins as killing a brahmana. For all eternity there will be no better way of worshiping Lord Vishnu than observing a fast on Ekadasi
Thus ends the narration of the glories of Margasirsa-krsna Ekadasi, or Utpanna Ekadasi, from the Bhavisya-uttara Purana.